After landing in Reno, the first sighting of Lake Tahoe as we bussed over the snow-capped mountains was breath-taking. On Sunday, skiers hit the slopes while non-skiers enjoyed the day checking out casinos, riding the Gondola, shopping, or exploring the snow-covered shores of Lake Tahoe. Following the TSC Welcome Party that evening, some were known to have visited the casinos again!
In spite of five days of wind, wet snow, and rain, Kip and Stewart hopped on the shuttle to ski Northstar at Tahoe. Sue, Richard, Stephanie, Betty Ann, Lori, Yvonne, Sandra, Adrianne, Jana, and Janis also travelled to Northstar and then to historic Truckee, CA, for lunch and shopping. Enroute we witnessed how too much rain can cause a van-sized boulder to slide down the mountainside onto the middle of the road. Scary! The best part of the day for Sue, Stephanie, Sandra, Adrianne, and Janis was a delightful stop in the Northstar Tavern with a great view of the rain/snow falling outside our picture window. Tuesday’s weather closed lifts, and the TSC races were cancelled. But that didn’t keep us off the streets and out of the casinos. Bart and Stewart were often found at the craps table while others tried their luck at other casino games. Evening found us wine-ing in Lake Tahoe Resort, compliments of SkiGroup. Wednesday took most of us to Virginia City, an old silver mining town nestled on the hillside high in the Sugarloaf Mountains, where we rode the trolley, walked the board sidewalks, toured a mine, and checked out shops and saloons. That evening, we gathered in Cindy and Claire’s room for Happy Hour followed by a truly wonderful club dinner at Tahoe’s only Four Diamond restaurant, the Ciera located in the MontBleu Resort Casino. Thanks to Cindy Kopp for seeking out this exquisite dining opportunity.
Thursday brought more rain and high winds. Heavenly was closed for skiing so Bart, desperate to get in some slope time, hopped on the ski shuttle for Kirkwood, which they found to be closed, as well as Northstar. Back in South Lake Tahoe, non-skiers’ planned lake cruise on a luxury yacht was also cancelled. Evening brought the TSC Awards Banquet – without the awards, of course, since the race had been cancelled, but left lots of time for dancing! A hearty group of 6 St. Bernards (Stewart, Lori, Yvonne, Bart, Cindy, and Claire) and 1 Austin skier closed down the party. They danced their little paws off!
Rain turned to snow Thursday night and Friday morning. The Heavenly Gondola and a few lifts finally opened. A couple of die-hard St. Bernard skiers gave it one last try but gave up early due to long lift lines. In late afternoon, Janis and Sandra graciously hosted a TGIF Happy Hour in their room. We all brought left-over snacks and adult beverages to share; and we had a wonderful evening of sharing stories.
During the week, Claire had replace old bootsand Janis and Sandra had to purchase some ice grips to fit on the bottom of their shoes to give them more traction. Richard finally broke down on Friday and purchased an umbrella – what took you so long to make that decision? Mike commented that he had several “firsts” on the trip – first time to see the sunrise in a long time, first time to get up for complimentary breakfast 6 out of 7 mornings, and first time to make an appearance at the numerous TSC and CSB gatherings. Adrianne and Stephanie experienced a major “oops” when the Lake Tahoe Resort bellboys neglected to collect and load the luggage on the return trip home. Regrettably, they had to wait six days for their luggage to be delivered to San Antonio. No make-up for a week, girls?
Despite Mother Nature, Claire, Mike, Sue, Richard, Stephanie, Betty Ann, Kip, Lori, Stewart, Yvonne, Jana, Sandra, Adrianne, Bart, Janis, and trip leaders Lynn Carter and Cindy Kopp arrived back in San Antonio having had a great trip. What a delightful group of people to share the week with!